Summer Institute for Marine Science at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve


Spring Institute for Marine Science (SIMS) is the ideal spring camp for current 8th, 9th, and 10th-grade students with an interest in marine sciences and marine biology. Participants will explore estuarine and coastal ecology of Southwest Florida through excursions within the 110,000 acres of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve.

Each half-day program will include an in-depth look at the mission and conservation efforts of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, time in the field, exposure to research & monitoring of local wildlife, and virtual connections to partner agencies. Activities are subject to modification due COVID-19 uncertainty.


Even more fun at Rookery Bay!

A visit to Rookery Bay has so much fun in store for Kids & Families. Visit our Environmental Learning Center, Explore Rookery Bay with Nature Tours by Boat & Kayak, or take in a lecture.

Spring Institute for Marine Science

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SIMS offers students an in depth look at the mission and efforts of the Reserve, visits to surrounding areas of the Western Everglades and exposure to research and monitoring of local wildlife.

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The Spring Institute for Marine Science is for students entering 8th, 9th or 10th grade. Space is limited to 12 students and registration is required. For questions, email Jeannine or call 239-530-5989.

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Thank You!

This program was made possible with funding support from the Friends of Rookery Bay!

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Guided Boat Tours

Discover Rookery Bay’s extraordinary wildlife on one of our naturalist guided kayak tours. Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove forests and provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins.